The health benefits of Ginger tea are quite well-known in many parts of the world, especially in Asia. Revered around the world for its pungent taste, ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a natural spice that is also widely prized for its medicinal properties. Since ancient times, traditional healers in a diverse array of cultures have used this plant primarily to help settle upset stomachs.
Chinese herbalists have relied on ginger as a medicine and flavoring for more than 2,500 years. The early Greeks mixed it into breads (hence the first gingerbread), and North American colonists sipped nausea-quelling ginger beer, the precursor of modern ginger ale. Today, many cultures continue to rely on ginger for controlling nausea and also for reducing inflammation.
A botanical relative of marjoram and turmeric, the ginger plant is indigenous to southeast Asia and is now also extensively cultivated in Jamaica and other tropical areas. It’s the plant’s aromatic rhizome (or underground stem) that’s used for culinary and medicinal purposes.
A strong flavored brew with many added health benefits.You can reach for this one when you have an upset stomach or when you just want to kick back and relax. Spicy, aromatic, and wonderfully soothing to the stomach and soul, this tea is one of the greats for a rainy day.
Here are some of the known benefits of this herbal tea:
- Relieves nausea.
- Combats motion sickness.
- Helps digestive processes.
- Combats inflammation.
- Reduces dizziness.
- Limits flatulence.
- May help control chronic pain.
- Eases the pain of muscle aches and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Minimizes symptoms of the common cold, allergies, and other respiratory conditions.
Some interesting Information about ginger, did you know that:
- It was first used by the ancient Chinese and Indians as early as 5,000 years ago primarily as a tonic root for a wide array of ailments. The widespread use of ginger in cooking meats and other food items did not take place until about the 13th Century.
- This plant was widely used by the ancient Romans as a medium of exchange. It had quite a high value as it was said to be equivalent in value to a live sheep.
- This tea is often paired with honey in the treatment of many ailments. Honey is typically added to freshly-made tea to sweeten the taste. The pair is used as a remedy for sore throat, persistent cough and other respiratory problems. This tandem is also used to restore the voice by clearing away the phlegm.
- This tea is likewise often paired with lemon when used as a home remedy in the treatment of colds and other respiratory ailments. Fresh lemon juice is typically squeezed into the ginger infusion to add a zesty tang to the spicy flavor of the drink.
- It comes from the same family as cardamom, galangal and turmeric. They all come from the Zingiberaceae family and are collectively known as the ‘spice lilies’. These four spices are noted for their ability to help stimulate the production of gastric juices, bile and saliva which have enzymes that promote the proper digestion of food.
- It has a considerable amount of Vitamins C and E. It is believed that these contribute to the antioxidant qualities of this herb thus making it a viable free radical scavenger. These also contribute to the anti-inflammatory properties.
- It has a high content of potassium that allows it to help protect the body against bone fragility, muscle weakness, mental apathy and heart and kidney damage.